Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Ken Kavanaugh, Organ Technician (video)

A Good Friend Here’s a video about Ken Kavanaugh. The organists, especially the ones called “performers” and “artists,” get most of the public’s attention. Rarely does anyone call attention to a technical person except at the dedication. I have had … Continue reading

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Trinity Lutheran’s New Old Organ (videos)

Trinity Lutheran’s New Old Organ This is a local KSDK report on this organ recently installed in St Louis, Missouri. “After more than a month of preparation, Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard debuted its new pipe organ Sunday. Parts of … Continue reading

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A Little Fun: La Rose Jaune (video)

Joby Bell Playing Dan Gawthrop’s La Rose Jaune If you need a little humor in a small package, I’d like to recommend this recording by Joby Bell.  He played the third of Dan Gawthrop’s “Three Floral Preludes” at the 2013 … Continue reading

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Aria from Ptolemy or Tolomeo Is Refreshing Change

George Frideric Handel, Aria from Tolomeo, arr. Edwin Arthur Kraft. Michael’s Music Service, $7.00. Originally published by Schuberth in 1947, this is a three-page transcription by Edwin Arthur Kraft (1883–1962) of “Non lo dirò col labbro,” from Handel’s 1728 Italian … Continue reading

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A Few Recordings by Robert Elmore (videos)

A Few Recordings by Robert Elmore There has been discussion recently about the music of Robert Elmore, shown above at the console of the Wanamaker Organ. There are a few of his recordings available to hear on the Bronzeagleye Channel … Continue reading

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Beethoven on the Organ Makes Fine Recital Piece

“[Merckel’s Variations on a Theme of Beethoven] is not as well known as his nine organ sonatas, but makes a fine recital piece, or individual variations can stand on their own as service pieces.” —Kenneth Udy, The Diapason, April 2014 … Continue reading

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145 Year Old Hewitt Organ Played in New Home

St Mary’s in Castletown to Showcase Its First Pipe Organ What do you get a church that has never had a pipe organ? St Mary’s Catholic Church in the Isle of Man got a venerable organ, small and sweet, and … Continue reading

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Jimmy Smith Honored in New WordPress Release

WordPress 3.9 “Smith” “Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love.” If you follow the link, … Continue reading

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Bible Poems Used in Services

Bible Poems Used in Services You may know that Bob Moody has a blog where he posts his organ playing. In his post for April 6, I found where he had used The Last Supper from “Bible Poems” in the … Continue reading

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The Women in Bach’s Life: A Review

Bach Comes Alive at Organ Performance Here’s an unusual story about presenting the music of Bach in Hillsboro, Oregon. How many mention Bach’s daughter and his two wives in relation to his music? “Organist Jeannine Jordan breathed life into the … Continue reading

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